August 2020 Newsletter

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  St Luke’s Home Newsletter August 2020 Congresswoman Kirkpatrick Recognizes St Luke’s Home CEO We all felt a surge of pride when our CEO, Linda Hollis, received the following letter which said, in part: “Congresswoman Kirkpatrick would like to recognize you as one of her heroes this week for all of the work you do as the CEO of St. Luke’s Home. We appreciate all of the hard work you have put into assisting low-income Elders with their living situations. We also acknowledge the amount of effort you have put into ensuring the safety and well-being of the Elders and the staff, despite the extra expense and financial stress it has put on the organization. We want to thank you for your diligence in studying the effects of the pandemic…
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July 2020 Newsletter

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  St Luke’s Home Newsletter July 2020 CEO Update A few months ago I began updating friends and families about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I took much pride in sharing our early restrictions, compassionate interventions, stringent cleaning processes, and being free of the virus. From those early moments, I have taken great satisfaction in our transparency. This will continue. Despite our best efforts, I am humbled to share that we encountered the Home’s first exposure of COVID-19. Immediately after receiving the news of the exposure, we took prompt measures and tested all the Elders and re-tested all staff. From that exercise, all results came back negative. I am proud of our team and our current practices that indicate the exposure did not spread. Today, everyone is healthy. Moving…
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June 2020 Newsletter

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  St Luke’s Home Newsletter June 2020 CEO Update Today represents day 92 of St Luke’s Home restriction from the greater Tucson Community. Every day our essential workers come to work and care for the Elders and the Home. As I began my CEO update, I realized what I wanted to say about these essential workers is best captured by two of our Elders: “Thank you for your service” We say this to the men and women that defend our country. Now we say this to you for defending our lives. You might not be dodging bullets, but you are beyond a doubt putting your lives in danger to keep our home as safe as you possibly can. Since we moved into this place you have shown us your concern…
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Drive Around Parade!

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It was a beautiful, sunny Thursday morning as Elders and Staff cheered and welcomed over 60 vehicles filled with friends, families, volunteers, and supporters of the St Luke’s Home. Balloons, posters, and signs cheered our Elders as well as our parade participants! Horns were honked, cheers rose up, waves and blown kisses were the norm. The parade was led by the Tucson Police Department followed by Parade Marshall Council Member Paul Durham. Thank you to the Classic Chevy Club of Tucson for joining our parade! The parade brought many smiles and happy hearts as these friends of St Luke’s Home, both human and canine, came to send their love and well wishes to the Elders here! We even made the KOLD13 evening News! We are stars! Click here to watch…
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St. Luke’s Home Postpones Chef Event, Cancels Baile de Gracias

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St Luke's Home Postpones Silver Chef Culinary Competition & Cancels 101st Baile de Gracias Dear Friends, Thank you for the outpouring of support regarding the protections St Luke’s Home is implementing during the threat posed by COVID-19. St Luke’s Home believes the safety, health, and well-being of our Elders and Staff are our number one priority, yet we also care about you. To cautiously manage this fast-developing situation, we are postponing the First Annual Silver Chef Culinary Competition until later in the year. We are also regretfully canceling the 101st Baile de Gracias on April 4th, 2020. We understand that many of you bought tickets and donated generously to these events. At this time, we are offering refunds on ticket purchases and event-specific contributions. However, as St Luke’s Home works diligently to protect…
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Dr Linda Hollis meets with Staff and Elders

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March 11, 2020 Dr. Linda Hollis, St. Luke’s Home CEO, met with Staff and the Elders to reiterate: St Luke’s Home believes the safety, health, and well-being of Elders and Staff are our number one priority. There have been no cases at the Home to date; however, we are taking the threat posed by COVID-19 extremely seriously. Effective March 11, 2020: 1)       We are temporarily restricting family members, volunteers, vendors, friends, and visitors access into St. Luke’s Home. Necessary visits by medical personnel will be screened. 2)       Staff are more than happy to make arrangements to help you keep in touch with your loved ones via phone calls and/or electronic communications. 3)       We are canceling Elder field trips and activities outside of the facility and ask that you…
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Don’t Look Away Photo Exhibition

Don’t Look Away Photo Exhibition

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Please join us for a wonderful afternoon. Sunday, November 10th | 2:30 to 4:30 pm St. Luke’s Home, 615 East Adams St., Tucson, AZ Remarkable photographers Kathleen Dreier, Martin Mongan, and Karen Wright share their work, honoring the grace of aging. The result is a powerful visual composition honoring our mission to provide quality of life for low income Elders to age with dignity in an assisted living community. Photo taken by Karen Wright
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Linda Hollis Guest Opinion in Arizona Daily Star

Linda Hollis Guest Opinion in Arizona Daily Star

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In 10 short years, 20% of Arizona’s population will be 65 or older and nearly 30% of these individuals will be living on annual incomes of $25,000 or less. This “tsunami” of baby boomers, fueled by more than 10,000 a day turning 65 through 2030, threatens to land an economic and humanitarian wallop that can be avoided if we wake up and collectively ensure the care and housing that all elders deserve, no matter their economic standing. Without action too many of our elders will face substandard housing, inadequate care, poor nutrition, unaffordable prescriptions and the high levels of anxiety and depression that make people sicker and lead to multiple emergency room visits. Inaction costs money. And the price tag will be substantially higher tomorrow if we don’t invest in…
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Meet St. Luke’s New CEO

Meet St. Luke’s New CEO

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Linda Hollis, PhD, joined St. Luke's as Chief Executive Officer on April 8. Her career spans more than 20 years in various sectors including nonprofits, behavioral health clinics, educational institutions and nursing homes always holding Elder care near and dear. Most recently, Hollis served as Executive Director of Catholic Community Services in Tucson and Sierra Vista. “We are thrilled to have an individual of Hollis’ caliber as the new head of St. Luke’s Home,” said Nancy Nagle, President of the St. Luke’s Board of Directors. “Her combined expertise with Elders and in executive leadership roles make her the ideal candidate to work with the St. Luke’s Board as we continue to build St. Luke’s as a model of high-quality assisted-living for low-income Elders.” Hollis holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and…
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St. Luke’s at the Book Festival!

St. Luke’s at the Book Festival!

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When you visit the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend be certain to stop by Booth 146!  St. Luke's has its very own booth at the Festival where you can buy a copy of St. Luke’s in the Desert Story: A Century of Community Service (cover of book pictured above), learn more about St. Luke's in the Desert's 100-years of service to populations in need, or just chat for a bit with a member of the St. Luke's Board of Visitors. Stop by on Saturday, March 2 or Sunday, March 3 between 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on the University of Arizona . The book will be available for purchase for only $15.00.  Also available: free bookmarks, and a $1.00 basket of packaged historic note cards from past years of…
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